ECSU Could Lose Aid For Not Reporting Crimes

ELIZABETH CITY (AP) -- Elizabeth City State University could face the loss of federal financial aid as well as nearly $4.4 million in fines for not reporting more than 120 crimes as required by law.

The Daily Advance of Elizabeth City reports that the Clery Act requires colleges and universities receiving federal funds to report all on-campus crimes to the U.S. Department of Education. Failing to do so can result in fines of up to $35,000 per violation. It also can result in suspension from federal student financial aid programs.

Chancellor Willie Gilchrist announced last week that university police failed to investigate 125 crimes, some of which dated back to 2007. He said that among the uninvestigated crimes were 17 possible sexual assaults.

Gilchrist resigned last Friday in the wake of the report.


Local police say they have uncovered more than 100 crimes reported on the Elizabeth City State University campus dating to 2007 that were never investigated.

The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk, Va., that the crimes include 18 sexual assaults reported but not investigated.

Elizabeth City police Capt. John Young says police have solved 40 of the 126 cases.

About two weeks ago, the city police began sending off-duty patrol officers to help with campus security around the clock.

Campus Police Chief Sam Beamon resigned Friday in the wake of a sexual assault case at Butler Hall last month. He had been chief for 10 years.